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The Coronavirus Pandemic and Alcohol Consumption

The recent pandemic has changed the way we do a lot of things. The consumption of alcohol is one example. For long periods, going to the pub was impossible. At the same time, home drinking increased as people became more isolated and sometimes depressed. Two recent studies in the UK appear to indicate a change in long-term drinking habits and a rise in likely alcohol-related illnesses and deaths. Further strain on the health and social services is to be expected as a result. A government response is needed urgently. The Pandemic Caused Alcohol Consumption to Spike Covid 19 has a…

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What’s the Point of Group Therapy Anyway?

People new to addiction treatment at Castle Craig Hospital sometimes question the worth of group therapy. They may consider it unnecessarily challenging and if asked, say they prefer individual counselling. It can take several sessions to appreciate the benefits of working with a group. Group therapy is effective, make no mistake. A group often achieves more than an individual counsellor might – that’s true in many settings, besides mental health therapy. The collective wisdom, expertise and experience of a group is always likely to be powerful though sometimes it can seem threatening as well. However, individual therapy is powerful too…

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The Financial Consequences of Addiction

Among the many negative consequences of addiction, financial cost is unavoidable. A lucky few may be able to carry their losses and keep functioning but for many, the pain of it all will surely become intense, unless they stop their addictive habit. This pain may eventually become a catalyst for change, but it will usually come too late to stave off financial crisis. Denial of reality and trying to ‘buy one’s way out of trouble’ will have prolonged the misery too far for most people to repair. The good news is that, with the benefit of sobriety, many recovering people…

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Do I Have an Addictive Personality?

Certain attitudes and behaviours are commonly found in people suffering from addiction of all kinds. Together, they are sometimes described as an ‘addictive personality.’ This is not an officially recognised term and people showing these traits are not necessarily going to be addicted. It may however be useful to check if you display any such characteristics, so as to be aware of the danger. What Is an Addictive Personality? An addictive personality is not a clinical term but a description that is used for a person whose personality displays certain recognisable features commonly found in addicted people. These features appear…

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Can You Drink Alcohol On Amoxicillin? Facts & Side Effects

Bacterial infections are a common complaint among UK adults and children all year round. From throat and urinary tract infections to dental abscesses, infections cause discomfort, spread within the body and are often contagious. Unlike viruses, bacterial infections don’t go away on their own. They need targeted treatment in the form of antibiotics, which ease discomfort and halt the spread of infection. Amoxicillin is one of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics due to being safe for everybody, including children and pregnant women. Being so widely prescribed, it’s not surprising that many question whether mixing amoxicillin and alcohol is safe. This article…

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The Dangers of Mixing Prednisone and Alcohol

What is Prednisone? Prednisone is a class of medicine known as a corticosteroid which is used to treat a variety of health issues from blood disorders and skin disorders to allergies, infections and certain types of cancers. It is also used to help prevent organ rejection following a transplant and as a way to treat inflammatory bowel diseases, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Prednisone helps by lessening inflammation and calming down your immune system, which is why it is also helpful with autoimmune conditions in which your immune system accidentally ends up attacking its own tissues. You’ll need…

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How Long Does Weed (Cannabis) Stay in Your System?

Commonly known as cannabis, weed, dope, grass or pot, marijuana is a popular recreational drug known for its ability to induce calmness and euphoria. In the UK, marijuana is categorised as a Class B drug, making it illegal to produce, sell or use recreationally. For this reason, cannabis drug tests are commonplace in a variety of settings including the workplace, the criminal justice system and sports. It’s no surprise then that “How long does weed stay in your system?” is one of the most searched terms about marijuana on the internet. This article provides a detailed answer. We take a…

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​​Maintaining Healthy Relationships in Addiction Recovery

Addiction does not affect one person. It impacts everyone who has a relationship with the addicted person – partner, family, children, friends and colleagues. Equally, the company you keep has an impact on your recovery, which means it’s important that when undergoing addiction treatment your relationships are stable and supportive, non-judgmental and trustworthy. It is inevitable that you mixed with fellow users during your drug or alcohol addiction. You may even feel that they are your only friends because they understand what you’re going through. However, it is crucial that you stop seeing these people, as these are toxic relationships…

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How Can I Convince My Friend or Relative to Get Help for Addiction?

When a loved one displays symptoms of addictive behaviour that they’re perhaps trying to hide, concerned people are often unsure how to respond or what to say. Before addressing the problem directly, it’s important to understand the nature of addiction and the resources available.  I am here for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addiction Addiction and its Problems They say love hurts, and so does addiction. The two combined, generate a great deal of pain. When a loved one is so deeply in denial that they won’t face facts, the pain becomes prolonged and destructive. It can be an intensely…

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What is a Functioning Alcoholic?

Functioning alcoholics may ask: ‘how can I have a drink problem when there are no consequences in my life?’ In reality, there are always negative consequences of alcoholic drinking, although these may sometimes go undetected for as long as the drinking itself. Functioning alcoholics are not fully functioning people. They are men and women with a significant drink problem who manage to keep doing most of the essential things in life that normal people do – and even follow a daily schedule – but only just. I am here for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addiction Being a functioning alcoholic…

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Do I Have an Internet Addiction?

Surfing or drowning? It is not the internet itself but the many processes it supports that lead us into addiction. The negative consequences of most forms of compulsive behaviour found on the internet are serious, and many of us are at risk. Ask yourself – do I have an internet addiction? If your response is to ask Google ‘what is internet addiction?’ then perhaps you should read this article carefully. How many hours do you really spend online? Are you surfing the internet or drowning? We may not yet need the internet to directly support life itself but, in the…

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21 ways to get clean faster and stay sober for longer

What does being sober mean? To most people, being sober means not being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, right there and then. They may drink and consume drugs tomorrow or next week. However, to non-problem drinkers being sober does not mean they would ‘never’ drink again. ‘Sober’ refers to a life based on sobriety for people with addiction problems. > Jump to 21 ways to get clean and sober. Sustained sobriety means complete abstinence from alcohol and drugs unless prescribed by a doctor. AA and NA speak about remaining sober ‘just for today’, but in reality, an alcoholic…

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How does alcohol affect autistic people?

Alcohol and Autistic Spectrum Disorder Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects how the brain works. Autism affects the way people experience and interact with the world around them. Just like anyone else, autistic people can become addicted to alcohol and drugs. Addiction is a challenging disease and can lead to a range of problems for autistic people.  By better understanding autism, we can better support autistic people with addiction. What is autism? You might have heard autism referred to as Autistic Spectrum Disorder or ASD. This is because autism affects people in a spectrum of different ways.  People on…

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a medical condition that occurs when babies are exposed to alcohol in the womb.

What is Foetal Alcohol Syndrome?

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a medical condition that occurs when babies are exposed to alcohol in the womb. It is part of a larger group of medical disorders called Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs). Foetal Alcohol Syndrome is one of the more serious FASDs. Foetal Alcohol Syndrome can cause significant physical symptoms, learning difficulties, and behavioural problems. Studies from the USA and Europe suggest that between 1-10% of children have Foetal Alcohol Syndrome. Researchers are calling for further research to establish how common FAS is in the UK. They believe that Foetal Alcohol Syndrome is more common than studies…

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The relationship between alcoholism and suicide

Suicide and Alcoholism Suicide is a massive problem globally. Did you know that someone dies by suicide every 40 seconds? There are many factors that play a role in suicide risk, alcoholism being one of them. Doctors have known since the 1960’s that alcoholism and suicide are linked.1 People with alcohol use disorders are more likely to think about suicide, attempt suicide and complete suicide.2 Alcoholism is a disease, and people suffering from it need support. With the right help, we can prevent the tragic consequence of alcohol-related suicide.  Are You Ready to quit for good? Call 01721 722 763….

Fertility is a complicated aspect of your biology, and it’s impacted by a variety of factors: your genes, your lifestyle, and possibly, whether or not you use cannabis.

Can too Much Cannabis Lead to Infertility?

Cannabis and fertility in men and women Fertility is a complicated aspect of your biology, and it’s impacted by a variety of factors: your genes, your lifestyle, and possibly, whether or not you use cannabis. While more research needs to be done, a startling number of studies point to several ways in which using marijuana may hinder your ability to conceive. If you use cannabis and are concerned about your ability to become pregnant or get someone pregnant, keep reading to learn how this drug affects both men and women when it comes to fertility and what you can do…

Around 1000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed every day in the UK.1 Cancer is a devastating disease, and it’s important we understand what lifestyle choices put us at risk.

Does alcoholism increase your risk of cancer?

Can drinking too much cause cancer? Around 1000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed every day in the UK.1 Cancer is a devastating disease, and it’s important we understand what lifestyle choices put us at risk.  One of the biggest cancer risk factors that we can change is our alcohol consumption. Did you know that alcohol causes 4% of all cancers?2  That means that 1 out of 25 cancer cases could have been prevented by a reduction in alcohol consumption.  Is alcohol a risk factor for cancer? Yes. Alcohol is classified as a type 1 carcinogen. This means that there…

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Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

Bipolar Disorder and Addiction: Everything You Need to Know Bipolar Disorder is a mental health condition that affects between 1-5% of people.1 It causes episodes of extreme mood with symptoms that really impact people’s quality of life. People with Bipolar Disorder are more likely to have a Substance Use Disorder than others.2 Having both Bipolar Disorder and addiction can be challenging, for the person and their friends and family. Their treatment can be more complicated. That’s why it’s important that people with Bipolar Disorder and addiction get the right care. If you, or someone you know, is struggling with Bipolar…

Drinking high levels of alcohol on a long-term basis can have harmful effects on the brain.

Alcohol, Dementia & Brain Damage

How alcohol impacts the brain Drinking high levels of alcohol on a long-term basis can have harmful effects on the brain. People who drink heavily are more likely to develop alcohol-related brain damage such as alcoholic dementia. Research studies vary but some have found estimate that 35% of heavy drinkers have alcohol-related brain damage.1 How does alcohol affect the brain? There are several ways in which alcohol abuse can affect the brain: 1. Regular heavy alcohol intake causes thiamine deficiency Thiamine plays a crucial role in keeping our brain cells working normally.  Thiamine deficiency can lead to serious brain disorders.2…

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Do you need to hit rock bottom before seeking treatment?

Yes or no? Research shows that less than 10% of substance abusers never seek help for their dependences, often waiting to reach rock bottom which can lead to fatalities.  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions This causes huge difficulties for family members and their extended community because each person is affected by relational symptoms of addiction and subsequent consequences. Here we explore the idea of reaching rock bottom and alternative solutions. What do we mean by ‘rock bottom’? ‘Rock bottom’ is a term that is often used by those struggling with addiction, saying they have reached this point of finality…

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Is it Safe to Mix Sleeping Tablets and Alcohol?

The Dangers of Mixing Sleeping Pills & Alcohol It is never safe to mix sleeping tablets and alcohol, as both are powerful drugs that are potentially lethal if abused. Together, they become a lot more dangerous, and there are better ways of improving sleeping habits. Jump to: Sleeping tablet risks | Overdose | Getting help for dual addiction Types of sleeping aids currently in use The most typical types of sleeping aids currently prescribed in Europe, including the UK, are: Benzodiazepines, such as Temazepam, which are essentially tranquillisers Z drugs, such as Zopiclone, which are not benzodiazepines but very similar…

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Does Alcoholism Cause Rhinophyma?

What Is An “Alcoholic Nose” Or Rhinophyma? In the past, Rhinophyma, characterised by a large, red, unsightly nose, was put down to alcohol abuse. Pejorative descriptions such as ‘Drinker’s nose’ have been commonly used. However, there is no direct causal link that has been established between Rhinophyma and alcoholism, and people who never drink can get Rosacea, often a precursor to Rhinophyma. But, research shows that alcohol can increase the risk of getting Rosacea and trigger the progression from Rosacea to Rhinophyma. Jump to: Dangers | Causes | Symptoms | Effects Quick alcohol rehab links What is rehab like? How…

Let the 12 Steps be your guide during lockdown

Our Senior Specialist Therapist Teri Lyn Fairnie speaks about how the people in recovery from addictions who follow the 12 Steps are better prepared for the challenges of pandemic lockdown. Are people who live in healthy 12 step recovery are better prepared to face life’s challenges such as the Coronavirus pandemic we are facing today?  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions When you’re in healthy recovery, Step 1 is about realising that life can be unmanageable and there are things that we are powerless over and so, in terms of addiction recovery, recognising how addiction has made your life unmanageable…